If the maracas, steel drums, and bongos didn't clue audience members in to what influenced Tracy Reese's high-octane, superbly saturated Spring 2014 collection, the clothes were a dead giveaway. From tropical colors to raffia textiles to fit-and-flare frocks ready for a little cha-cha-cha, the spirited offering was Cuban-inspired — and as fresh and feminine as any past ready-to-wear line by the designer. Same goes for her print play: Reese mixes and matches like no other, but she also knew when to tone it down, as she did with the final six subdued-but-no-less-interesting all-white ensembles.
Our favorite pieces? A lapis laser-cut neoprene jacket with a hot pink underlay, a sea green floral bomber that looked light as a feather, and stark white tuxedo-striped palazzo pants. Oh, and the fedoras. Viva la Cuba!